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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 2:27 PM

Hey, we all have to just sit tight till Thursday night for the next installment of "March Madness" as this year's NCAA Tournament has been like nothing we've ever witnessed ... but get a load of this:

While this week's Sweet 16 features #11 seed Loyola-Chicago and the ultimate comeback kids from #7 Nevada, the fact of the matter is the 13 power conference squads that comprise most of this remaining field -- that's Kansas State, Kentucky, Villanova, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Purdue, Florida State, Michigan, Texas A&M, Kansas, Clemson, Syracuse and Duke -- are a collective 22-4-1 ATS (against the spread) this tourney and that's a sizzling-hot .846 winning rate. Can't remember any such pointspread mark by power conference/Sweet 16-bound teams like this ever before!

Meanwhile, the three non-power conference teams still in action - that's Loyola-Chicago, Gonzaga and Nevada - are a cumulative 5-1 versus the vig in this year's Big Dance and so that makes this Sweet 16 field an electric 27-5-1 ATS through the early rounds (an .844 winning percentage) and that means wagering $100 per play on these Sweet 16 teams would - to this point - have you up a monstrous $2,150 ... va-va-va voom!

Finally, the biggest bracket-busters out there - that's #11 seeds Loyola-Chicago and "First Four" squad Syracuse - have won all five of their games in outright upset fashion while besting the respective likes of Miami/Tennessee/Arizona State/TCU/Michigan State ... yes, all of whom hail from the power conferences.

Don't miss out as we bring you all the winners in this week's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games to go along with all the other College Basketball Tournies plus get all the daily/nightly NBA action too as Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers keep ripping it up on the hardwood - just check it out right here online or 1-800-323-4453.  Make sure you're all aboard for all the "March Madness" winners as there's plenty of profits straight ahead! !


(thru games of Sunday, March 18)

Mountain West3001.000
America East2001.000
Missouri Valley2001.000
Atlantic Sun1001.000
Big East640.600
Big South110.500
Conf. USA110.500
West Coast110.500
Big 12560.455
Big 10350.375
Big Sky010.000
Big West010.000
Ivy League010.000
Ohio Valley0           1             0             .000
Summit League           0             1             0             .000
Sun Belt                        0             1             0             .000
WAC                              0             1  .000
Pac-12                           0             3             0             .000

In other NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Notes ...

Here's the up-to-the-minute "Odds to Win it All" for the 16 remaining squads in this year's tourney (based on $100 per-play wagers):

Villanova + 235; Duke + 250; Kansas + 500; Kentucky + 550; Michigan + 600; Gonzaga + 700; Purdue + 800;
Texas Tech + 1300; Texas A&M + 2600; Nevada + 4800; Clemson + 5800; Florida State + 5800; Kansas State + 5800;
Syracuse + 7500; and Loyola-Chicago + 8000.

Can we remind y'all that when this tourney started the shortest-priced teams included Villanova at + 400, Virginia + 400; Duke + 550; Michigan State + 700; and North Carolina + 1000 - and three of those five teams are gonesville.

NOTE: Get our Sweet 16 Previews in the next edition of Jim Sez.


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